Capital and Credit Watch

September 12th, 2023 by

The Honorable Patrick McHenry Chairman, Committee on Financial Services U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman McHenry: The undersigned organizations, representing millions of small businesses operating in every community across the country, write in strong support of the Protecting Small Business Information Act of 2023 (H.R. 4035). By delaying the Corporate Transparency Act’s […]

August 16th, 2023 by

Lyric Jorgenson, PhD Acting Associate Director for Science Policy National Institutes of Health Office of Science Policy 6705 Rockledge Dr #750 Bethesda, MD 20817   Dear Director Jorgenson, On behalf of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to submit comments regarding the themes discussed at […]

August 9th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – The latest U.S. trade data are deeply troubling. The first estimate of GDP (i.e., gross domestic product) for the second quarter saw real exports plunge by 10.8 percent (annualized, seasonally adjusted). For good measure, real imports declined by 7.8 percent. The trade report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, […]

March 16th, 2023 by

SMALL BUSINESS INSIDER by Raymond J. Keating – In my thirty-plus years of observing, analyzing and writing about the economy, I’ve learned a few lessons, including how to assess matters during a crisis. First, don’t react in a knee-jerk fashion, thinking that the issues and causes are immediately clear, and likewise, don’t put too much […]

January 4th, 2023 by

Reopening of the Capitol and House Office Buildings   Sending Office: Office of the Sergeant At Arms Sent By:       IMPORTANT NOTICE TO:                  All Members and Staff of the House of Representatives FROM:            William J. Walker         Sergeant at Arms DATE:            December 30, 2022 SUBJECT:      Reopening of the Capitol and House […]

November 22nd, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – In the most straightforward terms, the interest rate on a loan is the price that borrowers, including small businesses, have to pay to get money now for whatever purpose, such as investing in new equipment. Therefore, it’s no surprise to see that a recent poll of small business owners conducted […]

November 22nd, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – With Thanksgiving upon us, even during tough economic times – such as our current bout with stagflation and uncertainties about where the economy is headed – there’s a great deal to be thankful for in this country. As SBE Council notes each year, we should all be thankful for the […]

July 4th, 2022 by

by Karen Kerrigan –  SBE Council hosted an outstanding group of experts and thought leaders at a June 28 conference, “M&A Regulatory Revamp: Is the Innovation System at Risk?” Startup ecosystem experts, scholars, M&A practitioners, and entrepreneurs who have successfully exited their businesses (and then moved on launch even more startups, and invest in and […]

April 13th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – The latest Pitchbook-NVCA report on venture capital served up some good news. Specifically, venture capital investment in 2021 nearly doubled from where it was in 2020. Venture capital investment, after growing by 13.3 percent in 2020, jumped by 98 percent in 2021 – from $144.5 billion in 2019 to $166.6 […]

February 4th, 2022 by

Comments to: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Docket No.:  220105–0002 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Implementation   Dear Administrator Davidson: The small business community is justifiably excited and supportive of elements of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that are aimed at modernizing and improving infrastructure so that small-to-mid-size businesses (SMBs) can operate […]

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